It is the last day of 2018! As much fun as 2018 was, we are looking forward to 2019. Dreaming up projects is half the fun. They say you are more likely to achieve goals if you focus on just a few. Difficult task… but here are the project predictions for 2019.
Living and Dining Room
We scored 50% off on a sectional from West Elm on Cyber Monday. It is beautiful, comfy, and fits in our space way better than our last couch and chair. We spend the most time in this area so I am itching to build it into something comfortable and inviting. It should be an area that motivates us to host more friends and family gatherings.
We saved the pine hardwood floors we removed from the living room in 2018. Currently the wood is piled high in our garage, half still with the nails in them. In the spirit of reusing materials where we can, we have been brainstorming uses for this beautiful wood. Part of me really wants something we will keep for some time to come. Twenty years from now, long out of this house, wouldn’t it be rad to say “yes, this [TBD object] is made out of wood salvaged from our very first home.” We considered using it for an accent wood wall, a headboard, a coffee table, a shoe rack or bench. The most likely contender, if you asked me today, is to turn it into a dining room table like the one below. What would you guys do with some good ole tongue and groove pine?
We had a friend staying with us for just over a year. She recently moved into a home of her own leaving us with a room to repurpose (and a whole in our hearts… not really, we are very excited for her). It is actually the largest bedroom in the house so we are planning on moving ourselves in.
It needs some basic upgrades first. The window seal is broken which, with all the Portland rain, means a small terrarium grew in between the window panes. However, we would like to prevent mold growth in our walls and will therefore need either a new seal or a new window. Similar to the guest bedroom, we plan to remove the texture from the ceiling, add baseboards, and install a closet door.
With the basics covered, we will explore all the possibilities for the room. At this point, all we really have is a lovely wood bed frame made by a Portland-based craftsman.
With this house, we inherited quite a bit of clutter and the backyard was no exception. In 2018, we spent the better part of two weekends trying to clear out all the stuff, including a rusted metal shed, a chain link fence, a blue picket fence, a dry rotted dog house, a clothes line, and more.
With all the clutter out, we envision removing some landscaping and walkways, filling in some uneven spots, and replanting grass. While we painted the exterior of the house almost immediately back in 2016, the storage shed still needs to be power washed and painted. It will also need a new roof – which will be a first for us.
Summers are a real joy in Portland and we hope to have a space where we can play games, grill, and relax around a fire. One important features we intend to keep is a Polish Plum tree. This tree produces the most delicious damson plums that I experiment with every fall.
The bathroom is a big question mark at this point. It would be the largest renovation project we’ve ever tackled but the one I am most excited about. We have galvanized pipes currently and want to upgrade at some point. A bathroom renovation would certainly allow for that.
The biggest decision we want to make before diving in is what to do with the half bathroom since that could have implication for the plumbing. It would be ideal to turn the half bathroom into a full bathroom, we are just limited in square footage. Some space-saving ideas we have come up with so far are to remove our water tank and install a tankless system and to get a stackable washer/dryer set. Nick is pretty good at Tetris so I think he can make it work. We will see if 2019 will be the year.